trad·​er | \ˈtrā-dər \

Definition of trader 

1 : a person whose business is buying and selling or barter: such as

a : merchant

b : a person who buys and sells (something, such as stocks or commodities futures) in search of short-term profits

2 : a ship engaged in the coastal or foreign trade

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Examples of trader in a Sentence

She is a stock trader. early explorers and fur traders

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Some traders who stepped in to scoop up shares in late October, hoping for a quick rebound, are now in danger of losing those potential profits and more. Corrie Driebusch, WSJ, "Stocks Skid as Major Indexes Shed 2018 Gains," 20 Nov. 2018 The conflict between cryptocurrency traders and traditional banks and financial figures like JP Morgan and Warren Buffett has been ongoing. Shannon Liao, The Verge, "On bitcoin’s 10th birthday, JP Morgan CEO says he doesn’t ‘really give a shit’ about it," 31 Oct. 2018 Musk and Tesla must each pay $20 million in fines, which will be distributed to traders who were harmed by the tweets. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "SEC settlement sends Tesla stock soaring," 1 Oct. 2018 The country's powerful Revolutionary Guard on Sunday acknowledged conducting recent naval exercises near the crucial Strait of Hormuz after renewing threats to cut off the waterway to oil traders. Gregg Re, Fox News, "US to restore sanctions suspended under Obama Iran deal," 5 Aug. 2018 He would be given dozens of sheep and his task was to walk for days, resting in bleak deserts and mountain ridges at night, to bring the sheep to traders on the other side of the border in Pakistan. Mujib Mashal, New York Times, "Their Road to Turkey Was Long and Grueling, but the Short Flight Home Was Crueler," 16 June 2018 The jobs figures move markets, as Jeet Heer pointed out earlier today, and early access to that information would be enormously valuable to traders. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, "Did Trump tell anyone about the jobs report before he tweeted about it?," 1 June 2018 The Standard & Poor’s 500-stock index, tech-heavy Nasdaq Composite and Russell 2000 all suffered losses Tuesday as the concerns in Italy spread to U.S. traders. Tory Newmyer, Washington Post, "The Finance 202: White House offers mixed messages with latest about-face on tariffs," 30 May 2018 In this case, the narrative is that Northwest Native Americans began using tobacco in the 1790s, with the arrival of white fur traders. Erik Lacitis, The Seattle Times, "What a new WSU study tells us about the earliest days of smoking tobacco in the Northwest," 30 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of trader

1566, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of trader

: a person who buys, sells, or exchanges goods


trad·​er | \ˈtrā-dər \

Kids Definition of trader

1 : a person who trades

2 : a ship engaged in commerce

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